Clay Aiken’s Democratic Rival Dies Suddenly

Singer Clay Aiken’s chief rival for the Democratic nomination for Congress died unexpectedly Monday.

Keith Crisco, 71, a former North Carolina secretary of Commerce, died from a fall at his home.

Aiken led Crisco by 369 votes for the Democratic nomination in North Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District. The votes were too close to call! A Democratic nominee has still not been named.

Crisco is a former member of the Asheboro City Council and the city’s school board. He founded Asheboro Elastics in 1986, and it employs 200 people. Crisco and his wife, Jane, have three children and six grandchildren. They were members of the First United Methodist Church in Asheboro.

“The State Board of Elections is saddened to hear of the passing of Keith Crisco,” board spokesman Josh Lawson said. “We are grateful for Mr. Crisco’s service to our state and his community through the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Crisco family during this difficult time.”



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